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at 410,000. the labor department blaming the recent spike in claims on superstorm sandy. last week's numbers were the first time we saw above 400,000 in more than a year. we are learning that has been resides up by 12,000. it was originally reported at 439,000 and was 451,000. that's an 8-month high for reporting. gregg: new applications for unemployment benefits fluctuated between 380,000 and 390,000. jobless claims have stayed above 300,000 and spiked in early 2009. they must fall below 375,000 to indicate the job market is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. >> unions flexing their muscle. the seiu warns members to expect delays in l.a., and new york and chicago as they negotiate a new contract. black friday shoppers heading to walmart. they could face striking workers there. what are the unions trying to accomplish? >> reporter: they will have maximum public impact. this is the big holiday week. travel big, shopping big. so get out there and demonstrate and have an impact on the public. this is a big opportunity to do just that. let's look at walmart. friday there may
. tickets are being sold in 42 states, including areas hard hit by sandy where folks would be happy to cash in on that to get a new start. rick leventhal joins us live in island park new york. good morning, rick. >> reporter: we are outside pop's wine and spirit. it was swamped by sandy. their lottery machine isn't working at the moment. no lines, no waiting. nick is going to punch me out a ticket. how is business since you got your machine up and running? >> about normal, actually. >> but a lot of folks in your area probably need this money more than most. >> a lot of people. >> do you expect to see some lines today? >> i think we'll. >> is that my ticket? this could be the one. nick says he wants to split this with me if i win. martha: you know, talk to me about this. the area -- a lot of people have been suffering. and also everybody across the country seems to be look for a win in this thing. >> you know, as the jackpot grows, the number of people playing grows. they sold $300 million worth of tickets since saturday's drawing. so the prize keeps getting bigger. the states that don't hav
increases after superstorm sandy. the republican has pushed aggressively for cutting and capping taxes. taxes could rise and cindy ravaged areas. and a man prosecutors say confessed to 1979 murder of 6-year-old etan patz. he is waiting behind bars in new york city. and the carmaker says there is a steering defect in several models produced between 2000 and 2011, including the very popular toyota prius and toyota corolla. let's go to my friend who is there with more on that. reporter: i would like to bring in michael sing who is the washington director for north east policy. we have this breaking news on israel. the leading military member of hamas has been killed in gaza. we are going to put that into the mix. here is serious, syria, that war has been raging for 20 months now. now it is starting to spread to other areas. turkey has a refugee issue as will some other areas. jordan, down here, israel and lebanon. this map here, what is your concern? >> welcome one of the things we worry about now are all 20 months of this, this would eventually become a regional conflict. a broader confl
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